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Coleman, Ruth Nancy (1931 - 2008)

Born
27 September 1931
Collie, Western Australia, Australia
Died
27 March 2008
Bassendean, Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Occupation
Media Executive and Parliamentarian

Summary

A member of the Australian Labor Party, Ruth Coleman was elected as a Senator for Western Australia in the Senate of the Parliament of Australia, in 1974. She was one of only five women in the federal parliament at that time. On her retirement in 1987, there was some improvement in the numbers of women in the parliament; seventeen in the Senate and eight in the House of Representatives. A member of the Left wing of the Labor Party and a feminist, Ruth Coleman actively campaigned against uranium mining and fought to improve the position of women in Australian society.

Archival resources

JS Battye Library of West Australian History, State Library of Western Australia

National Library of Australia

  • [Biographical cuttings on Ruth Coleman, former politician], BIOG; Coleman, Ruth Nancy (1931 - 2008); National Library of Australia. Details

Rosemary Francis

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